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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-06-2013, 03:32 AM Thread Starter
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Hello from thailand

Will be moving here for six months in every year soon, the rest of the time I am in Portugal. I have a Buell Ulysses in Portugal but may well be getting a Versys 650 for my time in Chiang Mai. Kawasaki build stuff here so it makes sense to get one of their bikes thus avoiding import duty. Was considering a KLR650 but I think the Versys is probably a better bike. Is it a better bet than the ER6 to travel big distances on?
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The versys in my opinion is a better bike than er 6 for distances and it will be cheap to buy a versys in Thailand I guess to.
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I did 5600 miles on a 19 day trip a year back... all pavement. In my humble opinion it's great for long distances.

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I had a KLR & it s a great bike for short blacktop travelling (although some people do travel 100's miles a day on them!) but excels at the gravel/dirt/light rock offroading, but is not a serious offroader.

The Versys is good on blacktop & can handle some gravel, but is not an offroader in any way!

You need to consider the type of riding that you'll be doing around Chiang Mai, because the KLR could be the better option.



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Well, the Versys certainly isn't cheap in Thailand at 313,000 baht (about USD$ 10,500). Although made in Thailand the greedy Thai government still taxes them heavily. The Versys sells for $8000 in the US .
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Well, the Versys certainly isn't cheap in Thailand at 313,000 baht (about USD$ 10,500). Although made in Thailand the greedy Thai government still taxes them heavily. The Versys sells for $8000 in the US .
There's gotta be a market there to import "slightly" second hand 'bikes!?!?!
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Well, the Versys certainly isn't cheap in Thailand at 313,000 baht (about USD$ 10,500). Although made in Thailand the greedy Thai government still taxes them heavily. The Versys sells for $8000 in the US .
In September 1969 I bought Thailand's first ever Kawasaki H-1 500cc triple while stationed at Udon Thani. It cost me $1000.

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Yeah, there's been a 2nd hand market in Thailand for many years... these imports are also heavily taxed. To cut down on these costs the bikes are brought in as parts and reassembled locally...not good. I've owned a number of imports over the last 28 years I've lived in Thailand. This import market is drying up as more larger cc motorcycles are manufactured in Thailand. Kawasaki has been leading the way! Honda (of course) has also jumped on the bandwagon making the CB500 in Thailand as of 2013. A few Ducati's are also made here, though out of my price range.
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Ragpicker. That price is good. In USA bikes are cheap compared to everywhere else. I aim to do the whole of Thailand and a fair chunk of Laos and Cambodia. Been there?
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A few Ducati's are also made here, though out of my price range.
Tell us more on which models are produced there......that will burst the bubble of a few Ducatinista's!!!
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